Spoon might start at weakside LB

Linebacker Brandon Spoon ruptured his right biceps muscle in training camp and spent the season on injured reserve. He said he's completely healed and ready to get back on the field.

But where? London Fletcher mans the middle linebacker spot where Spoon was groomed as a rookie in 2001. Spoon might have a place at starting weakside linebacker if Eddie Robinson doesn't return.

"I've said all along, I'll play wherever they want me to play. I'll play either side of the ball. I want to be able to get on the field," Spoon said. "I played weakside and middle in college. Playing weakside is similar to being a middle linebacker. There are some subtle differences there, but linebacker is linebacker pretty much. I'd rather think of myself as a linebacker instead of must a middle linebacker. I'd rather just play."

The weakside linebacker usually is involved in more pass coverage than a strongside linebacker. Spoon thinks his pass coverage capability is fine.

"I can still run, I can still do all the things," he said. "It's just that each position you have to work on different things and different techniques so it's just something I'll do in the off-season."

Spoon will be training at the Bills' facility most of the off-season from the end of March through June.


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